Windows 10 bug : Having more than 512 Apps in the Start Menu breaks the Start Menu and apps go missing

Windows 10 has arrived and with it come a whole new set of flaws, vulnerabilities, zero-days and bugs, mostly bugs because its new operating system. One of the bug that has been reported is that if the Start Menu has more than 512 Apps it can break it from rendering the applications links go missing.

In Microsoft’s new releases OS, Windows 10, the Start menu includes an All Apps list which gives users quick access to their Applications.

Windows 10 bug : Having more than 512 Apps in the Start Menu breaks the Start Menu and apps go missing

However Microsoft engineers seem to have placed some sore of limit on the total number of menu Apps to 512 entries. On the Windows Forum a user called Lurtzi reported the issue :

I have the same problem, I had a little over 500 apps listed and after a secure reboot all my start menu links were gone and they’re missing now from all apps, too. There is no way to get Windows to recognize them again. Very annoying bug.

I brought down the number under 500 by deinstalling some stuff, but it still doesn’t work. Hope this gets fixed real soon or I’ll have to look at third party software for the start menu…

While Microsoft Program Manager, ArunjeetSingh2 published a way for Windows 10 users to find out whether they are affected by the issue :

I believe we now have a workaround for this issue. The issue seems to affect people with more than 512 apps in their “All apps” list. To tell whether you’re one of them:

  • Bring up the Start menu and search for Windows
  • Powershell
  • Run Windows Powershell
  • Run the command “Get-StartApps | measure” (without the quotes) in the command window
  • If you see a number larger than or equal to 512 you are affected by this issue. We are working on a fix to this issue.

If you have more than 512 Apps, uninstalling the unwanted and less important apps and bringing the number of Apps back to below 512 to get the Start Menu work normally.

Another workaround for the issue is using a third party Start menu such as Stardock’s Start10 while we wait for Microsoft engineers to lift the 512 limit placed on the Start menu.